What is Massage Therapy and can it help me?

Won’t a good back rub do the same thing?  Not so much, although it does feel good.

  • There are over 80 different types of massage therapy. In all of them, therapists press, rub and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissue of the body, often varying pressure and movement.
  • Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissue by kneading and stretching muscles with the intention of inducing relaxation while moderating/amelioating pain and/or discomfort.
  • Trained and certified or licensed Practitioner’s artistic hand strokes rejuvenate the mind and body while eliminating stress, scientifically.

Literally, Massage Therapy is a combination of art and science.

What to expect at your therapeutic massage session:

  • When you arrive at Healthy By Intention, you’ll be greeted by your therapist who will give you a brief Intake Form to complete.
  • To ensure appropriate treatment it is very important that you are thorough in your responses.
  • Upon completion of the form you’ll be guided to a private treatment room where your therapist will review your concerns with you.
  • Your therapist will then leave the room where you’ll disrobe to your comfort level, i.e., leave your underwear on if you like.
  • You’ll get situated under the sheets on the table when the therapist will knock lightly on the door to ensure you’re ready before they re-enter.
  • You will be in your own room, on your own table and will never be exposed on any level.
  • The tables in each of the six treatment rooms are all ultra comfortable with several layers of padding starting with a table warmer and ending with fleece padding, all covered with superior fitted sheets (some soft flannel, some high thread count cotton).
  • We do this so you, our cherished customer, will be cozy, comfortable and able to relax.


The information that follows can be used as a general introduction to therapeutic massage, for your information.
The definitions aren’t relevant to making your appointment.

Your reasons for seeking massage therapy are more important.
For example: Stress, relaxation, illness, injury, pregnancy, sports prep, maintenance or you just need a massage.

Your therapist will discuss your particular needs with you when you come in and recommend appropriate modalities.

Treatment using specific aromatic essences and scents which have been distilled from various herbaceous plants and flowers. The oils extracted from these plants are called essential oils. As used in therapeutic massage, they can stimulate the lymphatic system (the body’s natural cleansing system), calm the nervous system and exert influences on the body via the nervous system as well as the limbic system (the area responsible for emotion and memory) of the brain.



Blended Massage
Classic massage combines with traditional energy therapy techniques and aromatherapy for true mind, body and spirit restoration. 
Deep Tissue Massage
Frequently mistaken for a very vigorous, “hard” or firm massage. Actually, deep tissue work is more often used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct pressure or friction applied across the muscle grain. This technique effects the deepest layers of muscle in the body.
Hot/Cold Stone Massage Therapy
La Stone® Therapy blends ancient healing techniques that use warm and cool stones placed on the body with modern massage therapy to give the recipient a truly unique and deeply relaxing therapeutic experience. 

The Art of Japanese Zen Facial Massage

A unique method that focuses on a blend of the aesthetic and physiological.

Benefits include:

    • Increasing the flow of oxygen and blood to the facial area, neck and shoulders
    • Toning, tightening the skin and fascia
    • Lymphatic drainage and detoxification of skin and organ systems
    • Better mental alertness, focus and relaxation for the client
    • Emotional cleansing through ear-acupressure and essential oils
    • Preventive maintenance for aging and skin blemishes
    • Traditionally, through the use of Acupressure and special manipulative massage strokes, the treatment goes beyond Swedish massage and concentrates on opening up the acupuncture meridians that energize the face, head and shoulders to achieve a balancing and grounding effect.
    • Additional physiological relief is obtained for all types of headaches, TMJ dysfunctions, sinusitis and emotional balancing.


Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
A very gentle type of massage therapy used to drain excess fluid from the body and improve the overall functioning of the lymphatic (immune) system. MLD is most commonly used to treat Lymphedema, which is characterized by the blockage of lymph nodes in the arms and legs.
Myofascial Release (MFR) John F. Barnes Style
Hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The theory of Myofascial Release requires an understanding of the fascial system (or connective tissue). The fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater.” John F. Barnes
NeuroMuscular Therapy (NMT)
Muscle-specific work focused on pain relief. NMT is a thorough program of recovery from acute and chronic pain syndromes which utilizes specific massage therapy, flexibility stretching, and home care to eliminate the causes of most neuromuscular pain patterns. This specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief will help to bring about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement) and it releases endorphins, the body’s own natural pain killers. It can be part of a comprehensive program, complementing all other health care modalities
PreNatal Massage
Stiff muscles, sore joints, swelling and fatigue are realities that detract from this treasured time in a woman’s life. This therapy shares many of the goals of regular massage — to relax tense muscles, ease sore trouble spots, increase circulation and mobility, help you sleep better, and just make you feel good – plus the session is tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women. Practitioners with advanced training in this area can help to safely promote increased circulation, improved immune function and relief from back pain and headaches.
Like all therapeutic massage, this work can soothe an overactive nervous system and still the mind. Prenatal massage therapists are trained to understand the changes a woman’s body goes through and adjust the massage accordingly. Healthy By Intention has pillows and bolsters to make your session perfectly comfortable for you.
Sports Massage
An adaptation of Swedish Massage that is used in all parts of an athlete’s conditioning and training program. It is useful pre or post event, as a maintenance activity or in a rehabilitative process.
Swedish Massage
This is what most people think of when they think of therapeutic massage. A combination of pressure and gentle movement over and around the muscles creates a warm and relaxing feeling in the body. It is our most popular style of massage.


Seated Massage
Receiver is fully clothed, comfortably ensconced in an ergonomically designed seated massage chair.  No oils or lotions used.
It is bliss!
Thai Yoga Massage (TYM)
Combines penetrating massage & gentle yoga movements into a profound healing system. You will feel deeply nourished, relaxed, and filled with energy.
Trigger Point Therapy (TPT)
A technique similar to those used in Shiatsu or acupressure therapy but it is based on Western anatomy and physiology. Trigger points are tender congested areas in the muscle that radiate pain into adjoining areas. Trigger points will not dissipate on their own, however, significant relief results when trigger points are treated.